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Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia

1st Edition

Edited by Marlene Laruelle


284 pages

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Military action in South Ossetia, growing tensions with the United States and NATO, and Russia's relationship with the European Union demonstrate how the issue of Russian nationalism is increasingly at the heart of the international political agenda.This book considers a wide range of aspects of Russian nationalism, focussing on the Putin period. It discusses the development of Russian nationalism, including in the Soviet era, and examines how Russian nationalism grows out of – or is related to – ideology, culture, racism, religion and intellectual thinking, and demonstrates how Russian nationalism affects many aspects of Russian society, politics and foreign policy. This book examines the different socio-political phenomena which are variously defined as ‘nationalism’, ‘patriotism’ and ‘xenophobia’. As Russia reasserts itself in the world, with Russian nationalism as one of the key driving forces in this process, an understanding of Russian nationalism is essential for understanding the dynamics of contemporary international relations.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures. Preface - John B. Dunlop 1. Introduction - Marlène Laruelle Part I: Historical And Conceptual Issues In The Study Of Russian Nationalism 2. Rethinking Russian Nationalism: Historical Continuity, Political Diversity, and Doctrinal Fragmentation - Marlène Laruelle 3. Stalinism And Russian Nationalism: A Reconceptualization - Veljko Vujacic 4. Concepts of Fascism in Contemporary Russia and The West - Andreas Umland Part II. The "Far Right" And "New Right": ideological recompositions 5. Future Prospects of Contemporary Russian Nationalism - Alexander Verkhovsky 6. Dugin and the Eurasian Controversy: is Eurasianism "Patriotic?" - Wayne Allensworth Part III. Intellectual and Sociological Niches Of Contemporary Russian Nationalism 7. New Racism, ‘Clash of Civilizations’, and Russia - Victor Shnirelman 8. Electoral Choice, Cultural Capital, and Xenophobic Attitudes in Russia (1994-2006) - Anastassia Leonova 9. Fear has Wide Eyes: why do Russians see some migrant minorities as more numerous than others? - Mikhail A. Alexseev Part IV. Construction of an Official Patriotism: in search of a new ideology? 10. From Belgrade to Kiev: The hard-line nationalism and Russia’s foreign policy - Andrei P. Tsygankov 11. A Religion for the Nation or a Nation for the Religion? Putin’s Third Way for Russia - Beth Admiraal 12. Making the Public Patriotic: militarism and anti-militarism in Russia - Valerie Sperling The authors Index

About the Editor


Marlene Laruelle

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Marlène Laruelle is a Senior Research Fellow in the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of the School for Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has published widely, including most recently Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian and East European Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies